THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MAP OF VIRGINIA PUBLISHED IN THE CONFEDERACY

 

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AUTHOR:

WEST & JOHNSON

TITLE:

Map of the State of Virginia containing the counties, principal towns, railroads, rivers, canals & all other internal improvements. W. & J. May, Richmond, 1862.

CONDITION:

25-½” x 37”. Separately-issued, removed from cloth covers. Minor repairs and strengthening to folds in a few places. Overall a very good example.

DATE:

1862

DESCRIPTION:

This is the most significant map of Virginia published in the Confederacy.

West & Johnson’s map is in fact the second state of the Ludwig von Bucholtz’s map of 1858, which had its origins in Bucholtz’s revised 1859 edition of Herman Boye’s famous 1826 nine-sheet map, the first map of the state underwritten by the Virginia Assembly. As the revisions were superimposed on the out-of-date 1826 copper-plates, there was dissatisfaction with the 1859 edition even before it was completed. The knowledge Bucholtz gained during the process of revising Boye’s map enabled him to produce the geographically superior 1858 map, the most accurate for Virginia published on the eve of the Civil War.

The Confederate map is printed from Bucholtz’s original lithographic stone, but with his name removed and some minor alterations. The decorative border is different; there are minor geographic corrections, and additions to the railroad system. The fine inset view of the environs of the State Capital in Richmond is still present. Due to the exigencies of war, few Confederate maps were published and most were left uncolored. All are highly desirable and sought after by collectors.

REFERENCES:

Stephenson, Civil War Maps, 475.5; Wooldridge, “The Bucholtz-Ludwig Map of Virginia and its Successors”, The Portolan, 68, pp. 26-39.

Inventory No. 7642

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